Ferry Boender

Programmer, DevOpper, Open Source enthusiast.


Category: politics

Terror alert level to remain high in Holland

We’re next! My prediction: When the shit hits the proverbial fan, the cabinet will get blamed because they support the U.S. in the war on terror/Iraq against the wishes of the dutch public.

The King and the toaster

The King and the Toaster Once upon a time, in a kingdom not far from here, the king summoned two of his advisors for a test. He showed them both a shiny metal box with two slots in the top, a control knob, and a lever. “What do you think this is?” he asked. One […]

Data retention is no solution!

I believe that: Data retention is an invasive tool that interferes with the private lives of everyone; Retaining personal data on everyone is an illegal practice in terms of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, as it is disproportionate; Security gained from retention may be illusory, as it is likely that traffic […]

The innovating BBC

From a slashdot article: “According to BBC News, the second series of “The Mighty Boosh” will be available to stream from the 19th of July, A full week before starting its run on BBC 3. And then a comment from one of the slashdot readers: It’s ironic that a socialist funded network can innovate faster […]

Talkers and Doers

A while ago, I wrote a little piece on two types of programmers. The practical programmer and the acadamic programmer. This article describes it better, eventhough it’s much more focused on the shipping end-product. Some excerpts: One day I went to a brown bag lunch, and a lead architect proudly proclaimed that he had used […]

IT’s Logic

Some years ago I spent half a year doing an internship at a company named “IT’s Logic”. I wasn’t particularly happy at this company due to the way they did business. In my (and not just mine) humble oppinion, this company had a very unethical way of doing business. The way they treated competition, employees […]

Two types of programmers

The way I see it, there are two types of programmers*: The practical programmer, and The academic programmer The practical programmer The practical programmer knows his stuff. He is experienced and knows what will and won’t work. He’s been through the same training as every other software engineer and has learned the same things. When […]

Broken windows theory

There’s a theory called the Broken Windows theory which states, roughly, that once degredation starts, it will soon become worse if not attended too. The theory further suggests that the degradation has more influence than one might expect. This theory is usually brougt in relation with vandalism and crime. I found an interesting transscript of […]

Buzzword bullshit

The IT world is full with buzzwords. Slashdot links to an article (funny: check out the buzzword-domainname for that article..iWon.com) in this article. A comment to the article on Slashdot: My favorite: Web Economy Bullshit Generator [dack.com] Dilbert-inspired: The Buzzword Generator [luc.edu] Yet Another Buzzword Generator [1728.com] And there are many, many more buzzword generators […]

Asia fundraising: Dutch government overdoing it

Dutch cabinet gives 200 million extra for Asia (Dutch, sorry). The dutch government, most notably minister Van Ardenne, has given an extra €200 million in help-funds for Asia. This is on top of the already given €40 million. Corporations and individuals have also raised an additional €112 million for Giro555. That’s a grand total of […]

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